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A Taste of Paris in Porter Square

Wed Nov 6, 2019

Colette Wine Bistrohas proved to be the perfect addition to the Porter Square Hotel. Think charcuterie, flavorful wines and delicious French classics in a sophisticated atmosphere—that’s Colette. Thanks to Colette, you can step off the train at Porter and step into Paris! That’s exactly what we did with the Cambridge Tourism volunteer team.

Once Colette opened earlier this year, we knew we had to take our team to this new eatery. Traveling to the wine bar was a quick trip for us. It is located across from the Porter Square T stop and is accessible via the first-floor entrance of Porter Square Hotel.

It was easy for the ten of us to book our lunch. Colette is happy to host large groups and parties of all types. With their impeccable service and hospitality, the wine bar is the perfect setting to make any occassion feel like an intimate and special celebration. Their chef, Cyrille Couet, came up with a custom menu just for us. Chef Cyrille and his team remix French classics to create a dynamic dining experience. Everything at Colette is made in- house.

Our custom, three-course menu was delicious and met the dietary needs of all our volunteers. We said cheers with French wines and refreshing cocktails while we started on our first course: French onion soup and frisée aux lardons. The warm bowl of soup was rich in flavor, and the frisée aux lardons was beautifully dressed in a honey shallot vinaigrette. Our second course consisted of three choices: croque monsieur baguette, coq au vin tartine and green vegetable risotto. The two sandwiches were served on warm, toasted baguette and the risotto was paired with a Parmesan crisp. We saved room for dessert and thank goodness for that! The nutella chocolate mousse and crème brûlée were out-of-this-world to say the least. Chocolate mint meringue topped off a generous serving of the mousse, and the crème brûlée was beautifully caramelized.

The food and drink at Colette is just as striking as the restaurant itself. Twentieth-century French literary salons inspired the space along with Nobel-Prize nominated French author and actress, Colette. The bistro is an eye-catching gem with red velvet booths, chic wallpaper and furnishings and a patio that goes perfect with a glass of rosé in hand during sunnier months.

Colette is open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it serves brunch on the weekends. If you haven’t checked out Colette, now is the perfect time to book your next gathering. Escape the colder months approaching and cozy up in Porter Square’s very own French bistro.